After five games – although only four of which have actually been played due to a forfeit by the Hastings Conquerors – the Cheetahs are sitting pretty at the top of the SFC 2 South with a 5-0-0 record.
The team has performed admirably on both sides of the ball. At the time of writing, no team across the BAFA leagues has put up more points than the Cheetahs (203) so far this season. The offence have accounted for 178 of those points, scoring 25 touchdowns in the process. A solid and consistent offensive line has been the building block upon which a strong running game has been based, allowing the passing game to open up.
Meanwhile, the defence have been getting on the scoreboard themselves. Two pick-sixes and a fumble return have bolstered the scorelines, whilst the ten turnovers created by the D have given the offence huge opportunities to rack up the points. Only three teams have conceded fewer points (22), which is all that needs to be said about how effective a job has been done in stifling opposing offences.
It is also important to emphasise the benefits of the Cheetahs squad size this season. Over 60 players are registered and the Coaches have taken full advantage. Every game has seen full offensive rotation at the half, whilst the QB1 and QB2 have thus far seen equal play time. The strength in depth on the defence means that the ‘next man up’ mentality of the Cheetahs has been hugely effective. This has been hugely important in terms of developing the strength in depth that the squad will need for the duration of the season, not to mention in maintaining player health!
Chairman Luke Clark said: “We are really pleased with how the senior team have performed so far and that’s down to the hard work of the players, coaches and committee. The focus has always been on the next game and we are working hard to get better every week, on and off the field. Next up is another encounter against Bournemouth. We expect they will have got better too, so we must be on our A game to get the win.”
The Cheetahs travel to Bournemouth on the 18th June for the sixth game of the campaign. The final four games of the season include both home and away fixtures against the yet unknown Portsmouth Dreadnoughts, who sit second in the SFC 2 South.